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Baseball Card Hall of Fame – The Hobby Has Spoken

Most serious baseball card collectors enjoy the annual Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions. It’s an event that just resonates with our collecting endeavors. This concept has influenced hobby content creators to adopt a similar event, the YouTube Baseball Card Hall of Fame.

Inspired by a Philadelphia Collector

The Baseball Card Hall of Fame was inspired by Ray Fonio also known in the YouTube community as RayFromPhilly.

Ray has been an avid baseball card collector since 1979 when he stumbled upon a baseball card magazine which just so happened to be the first issue of that magazine.

When he saw the cards on the front cover he was instantly awe-struck, explains Fonio. Through that experience, he sensed a connection with his boyhood heroes.

Like many of us, Ray’s favorite cards to collect are those of Hall of Famers. For years now he’s followed the annual Hall of Fame inductions closely and has created lots of YouTube content around that topic.

The Baseball Card Hall of Fame

In 2018, Ray was inspired to create a Baseball Card Hall of Fame. Ironically, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York dedicated a baseball card wing the following year in May 2019 called, Shoebox Treasures.

It’s a 700 square foot exhibit that tells the history of baseball cards which dates back to the mid-19th century.

The exhibit displays about 2000 unique baseball cards, artifacts showcasing how storing baseball cards has evolved over time, some interaction that allows you to create your own baseball card, and a feature I find very unique, a bicycle pedestal set up with some baseball cards on it so you can turn the pedal and experience what all the fuss was about. A genius idea and worth the price of admission in my opinion.

The YouTube Baseball Card Hall of Fame featured in this article offers collectors something a bit different. It’s an annual event where collectors vote on particular cards within the hobby that collectors consider as Hall of Fame worthy.

There are three criteria to induct a card into the Hall. First, it has to be considered popular within the hobby. The card at some point had to leave its mark among the collector’s mind and want list.

Secondly, the card has to be considered iconic, which entails the artistic design of the card that makes it unforgettable and nostalgic in nature.

The final element in the criteria is value. Does the card have monetary weight?

Ray explains further, “cards considered for induction DO NOT have to be Hall of Famers, it’s not so much the player but the card that is being inducted.”

How Collectors Can Participate

In previous years the voting was done by video response. However, this year is different, a ballot has been created and any collector can enter a vote. No video response is necessary.

Not everyone is a YouTube content creator and so this ballot will definitely be easier to participate as it will only take a couple of minutes to enter.

There are 40 cards to choose from and you’re asked to only vote for 10! Which ones will you choose?

Equally as important is an old adage that says, the more the merrier. Once you vote will you take a moment to share the link so other collectors can vote too?!

A big voter turnout is anticipated, so please consider and be a part of the vote in 2022!

Giving Collectors a Voice

The primary concept of this event is that it gives the hobby, and the community a chance to put their heads together and determine which cards have mattered the most to us over the years.

Why is this important? Because it gives the collectors a voice. By way of nostalgia, we the collectors of the baseball card YouTube community declare these cards to be tried and true, they have stood the test time and will be considered the best of the best.

It’s about preserving hobby history, honoring hobby excellence, and connecting generations. And that friend is what the Hall of Fame is all about.

Baseball Card Hall of Fame 2018

(Inaugural Year)

  • 1909 T206, Honus Wagner
  • 1933 Goudey #144, Babe Ruth
  • 1948 Leaf #79, Jackie Robinson
  • 1951 Bowman #305, Willie Mays
  • 1951 Bowman #253, Mickey Mantle
  • 1952 Topps #311, Mickey Mantle
  • 1954 Topps #128, Hank Aaron
  • 1968 Topps #177, Nolan Ryan
  • 1980 Topps #482, Rickey Henderson
  • 1989 Upper Deck #1, Ken Griffey Jr.

Baseball Card Hall of Fame 2019

  • 1909 T206, Ty Cobb (Red Background)
  • 1933 Goudey #160, Lou Gehrig
  • 1948 Leaf #8, Satchel Paige
  • 1955 Topps #164, Roberto Clemente
  • 1959 Topps #514, Bob Gibson
  • 1984 Donruss #248, Don Mattingly
  • 1986 Donruss #39, Jose Canseco
  • 1989 Fleer #616, Billy Ripken
  • 1993 SP #279, Derek Jeter
  • 2011 Topps Update #US175, Mike Trout

Baseball Card Hall of Fame 2020

  • 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson
  • 1939 Play Ball #92, Ted Williams
  • 1953 Topps #220, Satchel Paige
  • 1954 Topps #94, Ernie Banks
  • 1955 Topps #123, Sandy Koufax
  • 1957 Topps #35, Frank Robinson
  • 1963 Topps #537, Pete Rose
  • 1971 Topps #5, Thurmon Munson
  • 1975 Topps #228, George Brett
  • 1982 Topps Traded #98T, Cal Ripken Jr.
  • 1985 Topps #401, Mark McGwire

Baseball Card Hall of Fame 2021

  1. 1952 Topps #261, Willie Mays (58.5% of votes)
  2. 1990 Score #697, Bo Jackson (45.7% of votes)
  3. 1953 Topps #82, Mickey Mantle (42% of votes
  4. 1969 Topps #260, Reggie Jackson (40.7% of votes)
  5. 1915-16 M101 Babe Ruth (39.4% of votes)
  6. 1953 Topps #1, Jackie Robinson (38.8% of votes)
  7. 1953 Bowman Color #33, Pee Wee Reese (35.5% of votes)
  8. 1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle (33.7% of votes)
  9. 1933 Goudey #106, Napoleon Lajoie (32.8% of votes)
  10. 1948 Bowman #36, Stan Musial (30.5% of votes)

Baseball Card Hall of Fame 2022

  1. 1914 Cracker Jack #30, Ty Cobb (54.4% of votes)
  2. 1934 Goudey #37, Lou Gehrig (48.1% of votes)
  3. 1939 Play Ball #26, Joe DiMaggio (40.7% of votes)
  4. 1960 Topps #148, Carl Yastrzemski (40.1% of votes)
  5. 1909-11 T205 Christy Mathewson (37.6% of votes)
  6. 1950 Bowman #22, Jackie Robinson (37.1% of votes)
  7. 1969 Topps #95, Johnny Bench (35.4% of votes)
  8. 1973 Topps #50, Roberto Clemente (34.6% of votes)
  9. 1954 Bowman #66, Ted Williams (33.2% of votes)
  10. 1952 Topps #407, Eddie Mathews (30.5% of votes)